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How long do dental fillings last?

If you need a dental filling, it is because you have an area of decay on your tooth. In our dental office, we use tooth-colored fillings because they are aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting.

On average, a tooth-colored filling in Tustin, CA can last up to a dozen years and sometimes longer. If you practice healthy habits—never using your filled (or natural!) tooth to twist open a cap, for example—you can expect a longer-lasting tooth filling.

What Is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is sometimes called a tooth cavity. It means you have a hole in your tooth that will continue to grow without treatment. In addition, large fillings can compromise your tooth’s structure and require a dental crown for restored stability. You may even lose the tooth to a fracture or extraction in severe cases.

To lower your risks for tooth decay, follow these guidelines:

  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups
  • Never skip your six-month teeth cleanings
  • Always brush your teeth at least twice each day
  • Floss at least once daily, but twice is even better
  • Never go to sleep for the night with debris on your teeth

Is It Time for Your Next Dental Checkup in Tustin, CA?

If you suspect a tooth cavity, have a broken filling, or if it’s time for your next checkup, contact our dental office today to arrange a visit with our dentist, Dr. Michael Zhang.

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